If you missed Last Week Tonight with John Oliver last night, the Main Story was on Utilities. More specifically, on why their charges are so high and the relenting scandals involving them. It's very well done, and an excellent vent for people who've been gnashing their teeth for years. And an excellent platform for often being very funny, especially since will note that Oliver enjoys saying the word "Twinkle."
The only thing that surprises me about the segment is that while it references PG&E a great deal as a very troubled utility that covers much of California, for all the scandals they mention, the show leaves out that it was PG&E that was the utility whose massive scandals brought about the movie Erin Brockovich. Yes, that PG&E. So, when you can leave out Erin Brockovich when referencing their many scandals, imagine how bad PG&E is...
By the way, or those who might be remotely curious for some reason, no, I do not have PG&E as my provider. in my area of Los Angeles, I'm covered by the DWP and Southern California Gas. Not that they're any great shakes, but they're not PG&E.
This is from yesterday afternoon, however I'm only getting around to posting about it now.
And I want to add a P.S. to this.
The above was written before there was news of a third mass gun shooting over the weekend, in Houston with two dead and three injured.
Those who offered their "Hopes and Prayers" (tm) for Buffalo and then Laguna Woods had to do it all over again. Sorry.
Next time, please pray for no more mass shootings.
Still, though, with three mass shootings over the weekend, it appears that Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) got his wish for parents: "If you are raising a young man, please raise them to be a monster."
And finally, as Republicans try desperately to claim that the massacre in Buffalo was supposedly only because the shooter was mentally ill -- even if we put aside his white supremacist manifesto (and don't even discuss this mass shootings the next day in Laguna Woods and Houston) -- this Republican forced-claim ignores that in 2017 the GOP passed a bill making it easier for the mentally ill to purchase guns.
On this week’s ‘Not My Job’ segment of the NPR quiz show Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, the guest is Elena Meyers Taylor, the most-decorated Bobsledder in U.S. Olympic history, with five medals – including two in the most recent Games. With charming openness, she answers a lot of questions from host Peter Sagal (and curious panelist Alzo Slade) about Bobsledding, including confirming why I say it’s a sport that keeps my Olympic hopes alive, explaining that after brakemen get in the sled, they do absolutely nothing. And she tells a very funny story about trying to get a “Bronze medal discount” from Wendy’s. (By the way, if Wendy's was really smart, they'd make her a spokesperson and do ads with her.)
This the full Wait, Wait… broadcast, but you can jump directly to the “Not My Job” segment, it starts around the 18:30 mark.
On this week’s Al Franken podcast, his guests are arms expert Joe Cirincione and reporter Anne Applebaum of The Atlantic Monthly who talk about Ukraine
From the archives. This week's contestant is Gina Doorn from Los Alamos, New Mexico. I got the hidden song very fast, and it should be pretty easy, though the contestant had a much harder time than I thought. The composer style was a toss-up for me. The general style was clear, and I was right about that, but not the specific composer who, as pianist Bruce Adolphe noted, is a major known artist, but not well-known. I missed it, but shockingly it was my second guess.
To explain this podcast, the show wrote that a few weeks earlier their Apple TV+ version had taken on “the stock market, GameStop, and the Robinhood app. Spencer Jakab, an editor with The Wall Street Journal, took to Twitter to vent his disagreements with it. So we invited him on the podcast (we’re gluttons for punishment) to talk it out.” Additionally, Jon is joined by writers Kris Acimovic and Kasaun Wilson to talk about “rising gas prices and why comedy clubs are the only landmarks comedians know.”
This podcast is from a couple months ago, but my procrastination has worked out well. That's because this Sunday (May 15), MSNBC is airing a documentary on somewhat the same subject.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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